One of the greatest blocks to our inherent sense of value and worth is the mental dialogue we have with ourselves. This dialogue can erode our ability to perform effectively, reduce our resilience to stress and our ability to deal with challenging situations and lower our levels of optimism. Over time, it can move us towards depression and resignation.
If you are like me, you find it easy to have compassion for, and to speak compassionately to others. Their pain and discomfort can seem almost palpable which generates a warm heartedness towards them and a desire to help. Yet, to offer the same degree of compassion and support to myself through my inner dialogue feels somehow wrong. Like I am not worthy of such care. It can seem self-pitying. Weak. Selfish. An avoidance of responsibility. Read More